Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Woburn, MA weather

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Here in Woburn, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you prepare for winter, yard and house work usually top the to-do list, and one of your jobs will certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great time to choose whether you want to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve commonly heard us talk about how energy efficient windows are critical during the summer months for blocking heat from sneaking in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a huge role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens influence energy efficiency? What are the additional perks to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to consider:

  • Increased solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens may actually keep the sun’s heat from creeping in, too. After all, it might be cold outside but sunlight will still help keep your home warm. In fact, a Midcoast Green Collaborative study showed that screens left on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that otherwise would have come inside the home.

  • Prohibits snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Taking out your screens can help inhibit this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can block the much needed natural light in the chilly winter months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as Pella Windows and Doors’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, removing your window screens can help let in as much light as you’d like.

As technology has advanced, removing your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, taking off your window’s screens was usually done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be put in. Storm windows help improve efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners move to double- or triple-pane glass, they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme weather.

To hear more about appropriate window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 781-935-4947 or come by our showroom in Woburn.